Adria Powell is president and CEO of Cooperative Home Care Associates (CHCA), the largest employee- owned cooperative business in the country. CHCA is a thirty-seven-year-old Licensed Home Care Service Agency (LHCSA), firmly anchored in the Bronx, New York. Powell is responsible for the oversight of more than seventeen hundred home care workers and nearly one hundred administrative staff. Nearly half of the employees own a share of the cooperative. Powell has worked for CHCA since 1988, and has held various roles with progressive responsibility. In her current leadership role, she runs an agency that empowers home health aides—who typically earn modest wages for taking care of the elderly and disabled at home—by giving them better benefits and opportunities to buy a stake in the business, serve on its board of directors, and share in profits.
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